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Doing Research in Social Work and Social Care


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Introduction PART ONE: PREPARING FOR RESEARCH Research in the professional practice context Frameworks underpinning research Researching ethically: 'What you do is important but how you do it is more important' Arriving at a research question: Building on existing knowledge PART TWO: DOING RESEARCH Research design: Shaping your study Selecting and accessing data sources: Ensuring rigour Speaking and listening: Interviews, focus groups and community forums Counting and measuring: Questionnaires, scales and secondary analyses Looking and seeing: Visual methods 'Toolkit' PART THREE: MAKING USE OF RESEARCH Making meaning from data: Qualitative analysis Making meaning from data: Quantitative analysis Writing and sharing your findings: Creating knowledge for practice


"An ideal resource for students and practitioners in social work and social care which provides detailed guidance on doing research in an easy-to-understand, engaging manner. Interesting examples of research from the field really bring the text to life."

Jennifer Boddy, Griffith University, Australia -- Jennifer Boddy

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